Today I want to bring you my picks for the best north London walks. There are lots of beautiful places to get outside in this part of the UK capital, and I’m confident you’ll like these free self-guided London walks as much as I do. Whether you enjoy meandering through nature or strolling along canals, there’s one that’s perfect for you. There are maps, too.
North London walks
From Hampstead to Islington, my north London walks span neighborhoods, parks, canals, and other exciting places in the city.
Some will take you down high streets and through markets, and others will whisk you away to villages and green spaces.
Whatever your tastes, there’s a self-guided walking tour in north London that will suit your preferences and let you explore more of the UK capital’s most beloved neighborhoods.
You can see additional north London walks in the book London’s Hidden Walks, too. You can get it here. It’s perfect if you enjoy discovering the city’s under-the-radar locales. There are more ideas in my London walking books post, too.
If you want even more ideas for London walks, take a look at my blog post about self-guided London walking tours. It has all the ones I’ve published in one convenient place.
I’ve also compiled my west London walks, south London walks, east London walks, and central London walks into blog posts. You can head over to them to see routes and maps for other areas of the city if you want to.
1. North London Walk in Hampstead
The first of my north London walks is in Hampstead. It goes through the area’s pretty high streets and side streets, giving an overview of the neighborhood and its hidden lanes as it does. It also features some of Hampstead’s beloved pubs.
My self-guided Hampstead walk is for you if you want to get to know a part of north London locals love. It’s one of the prettiest places in the UK capital, and it feels like it’s a country village right in the city.
If you want to do this walk, you can find the route, map, photos, and video on my Hampstead walk blog post.
2. North London Walk in Islington
The second of my north London walks is in Islington. This area has great shopping streets, picturesque canals, and colorful doors to admire.
My self-guided London walk in Islington will take you through the vibrant Camden Passage Market, into leafy squares, and alongside the shops on Upper Street.
This secret London walk is perfect if you like a mix of high streets and side streets, a bit of window shopping, and great secret passageways.
If you want to do this one, you can see the route, map, photos, and video on my Islington walk blog post.
3. North London Walk in Hampstead Heath
The third of my of my north London walks is in Hampstead Heath. This is one of London’s biggest and wildest parks.
From the stunning views of London from Parliament Hill to the famous bathing ponds and stately splendor of Kenwood House, this park has a lot to discover.
My self-guided Hampstead Heath walk is right for you if you like to get into nature, walk in the hills, and soak up both natural and human-made scenery. It’s one of the best north London nature walks you can do.
If you’re interested in going on this self-guided London walk, head to my blog post about Hampstead Heath walks for the route, photos, and map.
4. Regent’s Canal Walk
The fourth of my north London walks goes along Regent’s Canal from Maida Vale to King’s Cross.
This canal walk will take you past everything from the boats in Little Venice to the stalls of Camden Market. It even goes through the London Zoo in Regent’s Park.
This loveliest of north London canal walks is great if you like to be near water and take in a variety of sights and neighborhoods as you wander.
Given it skirts the northern edge of central London, it’s a great one if you want to stay close to the city center, too.
If this London walk appeals, you can find the route, map, and photos on my blog post about canal walks in London.
5. Hampstead and Hampstead Heath Walk
The fifth of my north London walks is back in Hampstead. This one combines the village and the park into one walk.
Starting in the heart of Hampstead village, it will take you to some of the best streets before leading you into Hampstead Heath for a walk along the paths.
This north London walk is ideal if you like a mix of London neighborhood and London nature. It can take up an entire day if you stroll around the whole of the heath, so it’s a good one if you have lots of time.
If you want to go on this walk, the route, map, and photos are on my blog post about the best London walks.
6. Primrose Hill
My sixth walk is in Primrose Hill. Locals love this pretty neighborhood in north London for its expansive park and colorful streets (some of which were used as filming locations for the Paddington movies).
My London walk in Primrose Hill will lead you down Regent’s Park Road, along the Regent’s Canal towpath, and into the park. As you go you’ll take in one of the best views of London and discover beautiful squares and shops.
This self-guided walk is ideal if you enjoy getting to know local areas and want to see one of London’s sweetest neighborhoods.
If this one sounds good, you can find the route, map, photos, and video on my Primrose Hill walk blog post.
My seventh walk is in Highgate. This elegant London neighborhood on the edge of Hampstead Heath is known for its famous Victorian cemetery and beautiful houses.
My Highgate walking tour will guide you to the area’s numerous green spaces and down its high streets and side streets. Along the way you’ll catch a glimpse of the heritage details that make this place one of the most beautiful parts of north London.
This walk is perfect if you like discovering local areas in London and want to discover a lovely neighborhood.
If this one appeals, you can find the route, map, and photos on my Highgate walk blog post.
North London walks
I hope my list of the best north London walks has inspired you to head outside, get some exercise, and explore new-to-you parts of the UK capital.
I’ll update this post and add new north London walks to it as I publish them, too. You can bookmark it or pin it on Pinterest for easy reference if you want to. Happy walking!
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